Oklahoma City Thunder at New Orleans Pelicans

After showing they can be the best tandem in the league, Russell Westbrook and Paul George will look
to do it again. . The Thunder of Oklahoma City did emerge victorious in the game in Oklahoma City on
January 24th of this year, a game in which they squeaked out the victory by only six points, and without
facing Anthony Davis. Paul George had a major part in the win with 23 points in the contest in late
January, proving to be a difficult guy for the Pelicans to defend. The Thunder are -4 ½ point favorite on
the road.

New Orleans going nowhere Fast

The Pelicans have been looking for some kind of direction for a while now. Anthony Davis just simply
cannot do this by himself. Jrue Holiday seems to be a nice compliment, but seriously, Davis needs a Paul
George of his own. Despite ranking third among all guards in the league in total points, Lillard still finds
himself on a team without a clear number two. Julius Randle has been nice, but is that because he’s a
great player or is that because someone has to be relied upon to make shots in AD’s absence? Jahlil
Okafor has produced well enough to mention, but is he the answer? For years now, it has been Davis
and a ragtag team of helpers which is why it seems that Davis is now at a boiling point with the
organization, requesting a trade this season which will likely begin the end for the Pelicans, unless they
can manage to pull off a trade that will reel in some serious draft stock or young pool of players. They
will be in rebuild mode really soon and in my opinion, that’s a sad place to be after the team struck
absolute gold with Davis, yet never materialized much around him to help him succeed.


OKC With Talent

I expect the Thunder to rally once again and the combination of Stephen Adams, Paul George, and
Russell Westbrook will be plenty to take care of the Trail Blazers. The Thunder will have to keep
turnovers to a minimum and they will have to capitalize on their opportunities in the paint to draw fouls
and secure free baskets, something they haven’t been particularly skillful at this season. For New
Orleans, they must squeeze all they can from their roster to find themselves in the win column against a
more athletic, explosive, and talented group.

Pick and Prediction

I think that Russell Westbrook’s athleticism will wear down the Pelicans and their defense which should
create outlets for assist opportunities for what I think is the most agile player in the NBA. Paul George
and Davis are two players that will likely mix it up on contested rebounds, but I think George’s
athleticism will once again give the nod to the Thunder.

Stephen Adams will be battling it out with Anthony Davis, which may be an interesting battle to watch,
each giving each other problems from time to time. In fact, that may be the big matchup of the game to
pay attention to. Either way it goes, I think it will be fun for us all to watch Westbrook, Davis, and
George on the floor at the same time. The Thunder win this one.

Reno Morelli

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